Tennessee completes improbable comeback for walk-off win over Florida State in CWS opener (2024)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Tennessee scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth, defeating Florida State in walk-off fashion 12-11 on Friday night in Omaha.

Christian Moore made college baseball history, becoming just the second player to ever hit for a cycle in a College World Series game. He’s the first to do so since 1956.

Updates by inning are listed below. Scoring plays are listed in italics.


The Seminoles led off the game with an infield single and a walk to put runners at first and second to open the game.

A fielder’s choice moved runners to the corners with one out.

After just three batters, AJ Causey relieved Chris Stamos.

Causey struck out the first batter he faced for the second out of the inning.

A stolen base put runners at second and third with two ours.

A wild pitch on a walk allowed the first run of the game to score, placing runners at the corners | Florida State 1, Tennessee 0

A walk loaded the bases.

Causey stranded the bases loaded with a strikeout to end the inning.


Christian Moore led off the bottom of the first with a triple.

Christian Moore’s first triple since 2022 opens the first for the #Vols

— John Sartori (@JohnSartoriTV) June 14, 2024

Blake Burke singled home Moore to left | Tennessee 1, Florida State 1

A Billy Amick walk put runners at first and second with no outs.

Dylan Dreiling singled home Burke to give Tennessee its first lead | Tennessee 2, Florida State 1

Hunter Ensley grounded into a double play for the first two outs of the inning.

Kavares Tears grounded out to third to end the inning.


After an AJ Causey strikeout, a two base error on Christian Moore put a runner at second with one out.

Causey rolled up a double play with runners at first and third to end the inning without allowing a run.


After back-to-back strikeouts to open the inning, Cal Stark drew a two out walk.

Christian Moore doubled down the leftfield line, scoring Stark from first. Moore advanced to third on the throw home | Tennessee 3, Florida State 1

Moore scored on a throwing error by Florida State’s Jamie Arnold to extend the lead to three | Tennessee 4, Florida State 1


Back-to-back singles put Seminoles at second and third to open the inning.

A double from Jaime Ferrer scored two runs, pulling the Seminoles within a run | Tennessee 4, Florida State 3

AJ Causey hit Alex Lodise, loading the bases for the second time in three innings.

Causey exited the game after just 1.2 innings. Kirby Connell came on in relief.

AJ Causey's day is done after just 1.2 innings.

It's Causey's second shortest outing of the season, and his shortest since allowing 8 runs in 1.1 innings of work against Auburn on April 5th.

— John Sartori (@JohnSartoriTV) June 15, 2024

Kirby Connell struck out the first batter he faced for the first out of the inning.

Florida State’s Jaxson West drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game | Tennessee 4, Florida State 4

The Vols’ second error of the day allowed two more runs to score, giving Florida State a two-run lead | Florida State 6, Tennessee 4

An RBI triple from Max Williams scored a sixth run in the inning | Florida State 7, Tennessee 4

Connell stranded a runner at third with his second strikeout of the day.


Dylan Dreiling singled to leadoff the inning before a Hunter Ensley strikeout and Kavares Tears double play ended the inning.


Aaron Combs came in to pitch to begin the fourth.

Combs walked the first batter he faced to leadoff the inning.

A two-run home run from Daniel Cantu extended the FSU lead to five | Florida State 9, Tennessee 4

Florida State extended the inning with a two out single from Drew Faurot.


With one out, Dalton Bargo headed to first on a hit by pitch.

Christian Moore singled with two outs to put runners at first and second.

Blake Burke walked to load the bases.

Billy Amick flew out, stranding the bases loaded.


Aaron Combs struck out the final two batters as part of a 1-2-3 inning.


Hunter Ensley singled to right with one out.

Kavares Tears sent a two run home run to rightfield to cut the deficit to three | Florida State 9, Tennessee 6


Marco Dinges led off the inning with a single past a diving Dean Curley.

A two out single put runners at second and third after the throw to third base wasn’t in time.

Combs ended the inning without allowing a run with a groundout to third.


Christian Moore homered to open the sixth. The homer gave Moore the second cycle in College World Series history | Florida State 9, Tennessee 7

It’s the first cycle at the College World Series since 1956.


Back-to-back walks put runners on first and second with one out.

Aaron Combs was relieved after 3.1 innings of work. Andrew Behnke came on in relief.

All in all, a really strong performance from Aaron Combs to keep Tennessee in it.

Third longest outing of the year (3.1 innings), two earned runs, and four strikeouts.

— John Sartori (@JohnSartoriTV) June 15, 2024

Behnke recorded the inning’s second out on a strikeout. Runners advanced on a double steal to put Seminoles at second and third with two outs.

A two out double off the bat of Marco Dinges extended the FSU lead to four | Florida State 11, Tennessee 7

Nate Snead became Tennessee’s sixth pitcher of the night, relieving Behnke after just two batters.

Snead recorded an inning-ending groundout on his first pitch.


Hunter Ensley and Kavares Tears both struck out to open the bottom of the seventh.

Dean Curley reached on an infield single to keep the inning alive.

Dalton Bargo struck out to end the inning.


A popout to third opened the inning for Florida State.

A one out single put a runner at first before Snead’s first strikeout served as the second out of the eighth.

The fourth FSU steal of the night put a runner at second.

After a walk, Snead got out of the inning with a groundout to first.


With one out, Blake Burke singled through the right side.

Billy Amick dribbled an infield single up the third baseline to put runners at first and second, and put the tying run in the on deck circle.

Dylan Dreiling pulled the Vols within three with an RBI single to leftfield | Florida State 11, Tennessee 8

Hunter Ensley grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.


Nate Snead put a runner on to open the ninth with a leadoff walk.

A balk put a runner on second with two outs before Snead escaped the inning with a flyout to right.


Kavares Tears led off the ninth with a triple off the centerfield wall.

Tears scored on a sacrifice fly by Dean Curley for the first out of the inning | Florida State 11, Tennessee 9

Cannon Peebles pinch hit for Dalton Bargo, drawing a one out walk.

Cal Stark popped out, sending Christian Moore to the plate as the tying run with two outs.

Moore doubled down the leftfield line to put the tying run at second, and bring Blake Burke to the plate as the winning run.

Blake Burke singled home a pair of runs to tie things up at 11 | Tennessee 11, Florida State 11

Billy Amick singled to put Burke at second as the winning run.

Dylan Dreiling laced a ball into the left-centerfield gap to send home the winning run


Tennessee advances to the winner’s bracket. The Vols will play North Carolina at 7:00 ET on Sunday.

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Tennessee completes improbable comeback for walk-off win over Florida State in CWS opener (2024)


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